IHG Has Big Plans to Expand Kimpton's Footprint Globally

A host of new boutique properties are coming, from the Caribbean to the Asia Pacific. 


InterContinental Hotels Group will open more than 25 Kimpton hotels across 20 new global destinations including Mexico City; Paris; Barcelona, Spain; Bali, Indonesia; and Shanghai in the next three to five years.

Since acquiring the San Francisco-based boutique brand in 2015, IHG has doubled down on an aggressive strategy to grow Kimpton internationally, taking it from a U.S.-only chain to a well-respected luxury boutique chain across the globe.
Founded by the legendary Bill Kimpton in 1981, Kimpton made its first foray outside of the Americas in May 2017 in the Netherlands with the 274-room Kimpton De Witt in Amsterdam's city center. Since then, the brand has added the Kimpton Fitzroy London, which opened last October, with more European properties to come in France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain and the U.K.
"With IHG's scale and network of owner relationships, we've unlocked the global growth of Kimpton Hotels & Resorts," said Elie Maalouf, IHG's CEO of the Americas, in a statement announcing the moves. "We've seen incredible interest from hotel owners around the world, as well as from guests who can now experience the heartfelt service Kimpton is so famous for in new and exciting destinations. We have flagship hotels now open in London and Amsterdam, a series of fantastic hotels slated to open this year including our first in Asia, and a growing pipeline of projects in key markets around the world."
Upcoming openings scheduled for 2019 include the Kimpton Da An Hotel in Taipei, Taiwan, and the Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel in Edinburgh, Scotland, which will consist of seven interconnected Georgian-style townhouses. Set to open in 2020 is the 220-room Kimpton Kawana Bay Resort on Grand Anse Beach on Grenada in the Caribbean, and the 50-villa Kimpton Bali.

More opening are scheduled for 2021, including two in China: the 150-room Kimpton Shanghai Jing'an and the 251-room Kimpton Resort Sanya Haitang Bay in Hainan Province.